Vehicle Parking Assistance Features

The Development of Vehicle Parking Assistance Features

Through recent technological developments, many aspects of operating a vehicle have been automated or, at least, benefit from automated assistance and parking is one of them. The ultimate goal of all of this automated technology is to make it easier to drive, but also to design safe cars which will minimize the chances of collisions.

Increasing accessibility through a parking assistance system is really useful because many people struggle with parking, especially parallel parking. This is a problem, especially in big urban areas where parking spaces are few and far between. The skill and ability of a self-parking car will oftentimes exceed that of the driver, allowing the car to fit into tighter spaces and thus actually easing congestion and creating more room for other vehicles to park. This is further evidenced by the fact that people who struggle with parking will oftentimes block off a lane for potentially minutes at a time, causing a serious disruption to the flow of traffic.

How Parking Assistance Works

Currently, the technology is not completely autonomous and some input from the driver is still required. The vehicle will use cameras and sensors in order to determine the position of the available space, as well as the distance between the other vehicles. The driver will still need to adjust the speed of the car by releasing the brake pedal. A notification will also alert the driver to shift the car into reverse and now the on-board computer will activate the power steering and begin the parking procedure. After the car has backed into the space, the driver will need to shift again into drive and the car will move into its final position.

The Future of Self-Parking Cars

Even though vehicle parking assistance is regarded as a relatively new feature, it has actually been in place since 1992 when Volkswagen used it for a concept car. However, at the time, the entire system was considered to be too expensive and was never offered for a commercial vehicle.

Development on automated parking is still ongoing with the ultimate goal being of having a car which requires no input from the driver at all in order to park itself. In fact, the driver would not even have to be inside the car. Parking assistance is considered to be one of the essential components of self-driving cars along with adaptive cruise control and wireless connectivity between vehicles so research will continue on it into the future.